Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reduce Your Use of Plastics

Over the past year, I've had one thought every time I throw plastic in the trash. "That _____ is going to be in a landfill FOREVER," I think. When you realize you're saying that about something every day, and then you hear a lot of municipalities are shutting down single stream recycling because China doesn't want our lazy, contaminated recyclables, and also take the time to think about how all that plastic is a petroleum product in the first place, well, it's time to look for better options. We've cut back on plastic in a major way this past year, and friends have asked for a list of our changes. Here you go! (Note, this blog does contain some referral links for which I am compensated if you make a purchase.)

#1 - No more disposable Swiffers. Yes, Swiffer dusters are great for pet hair. I really, really dislike using a broom for hair because it gets all tangled up and is just gross. But those disposable Swiffers are made of polyester (a coal and petroleum product) and are not biodegradable. I started crocheting a cotton version that works great!

#2 - We replaced shampoo bottles with Lush shampoo bars. The problem with bottled bath products is that you never quite get all the product out, and you could spend half an hour trying to rinse one out to recycle. So wasteful! Shampoo bars work every bit as good as liquid shampoo, last forever, and there is no waste at all. You buy it just like this in a paper bag at Lush (and they have metal, rust proof containers for storage).